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Mobilizing resources for war: the British and Spanish intelligence systems during the war of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1744)

Rivas Ibáñez, I.; (2009) Mobilizing resources for war: the British and Spanish intelligence systems during the war of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1744). Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The topic of this study is the War of Jenkins’ Ear (1739 – 1744) and this thesis concentrates on the close connection between the British and Spanish gathering of intelligence and the military decisions adopted in London and Madrid during the war. The ultimate purpose of this study is to put this war in a broader context and make a contribution to understand the development of the state in eighteenth century Europe. The first part of this study analyses the structure and functioning of the several British and Spanish Intelligence Networks, i.e. diplomatic and political support to these networks, expenditures, flowing of intelligence, messengers, agents, collaborators and counter intelligence. This part consists of two chapters, as follows: (a) the British Intelligence System and (b) the Spanish Intelligence System. The second part of the study explores the connection between the gathering of intelligence and decision-making in Madrid and London. However, the study of the use of intelligence can be problematic. This is because neither on the British nor the Spanish side are there official cabinet records for this period that could directly link one process with the other. In an attempt to solve this difficulty it has been decided to study the connection through four case studies. Each of them will concentrate on one of the military expeditions that Britain and Spain carried out or planned during the war.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Mobilizing resources for war: the British and Spanish intelligence systems during the war of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1744)
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > History

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